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Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch: "שמח" and "צומח"

You want to look at his comments on Genesis, 2:5 וְכֹ֣ל ׀ שִׂ֣יחַ הַשָּׂדֶ֗ה טֶ֚רֶם יִֽהְיֶ֣ה בָאָ֔רֶץ וְכׇל־עֵ֥שֶׂב הַשָּׂדֶ֖ה טֶ֣רֶם יִצְמָ֑ח כִּי֩ לֹ֨א הִמְטִ֜יר יְהֹוָ֤ה אֱלֹהִים֙ עַל־הָאָ֔רֶץ ...
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Igros Kodesh on Chanukah: advice for during exile

Hope this helps: "And from this it may be understood that also the thanks given for the miracle needed to be a general thing [inyan klali], connected to the purification of the Nation of Yisrael -...
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Is it possible to use free will to avoid getting married?

The Rambam in a teshuvah writes as follows: (לר' עובדיה גר צדק) שאלה על הכל בידי שמים חוץ מיראת שמים תשובה על מה שאמרת אתה כי כל מעשה [בני] האדם אינם בגזירה מלפני הבורא יתעלה הוא האמת שאין בו דופי ...
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Is it possible to use free will to avoid getting married?

I think that the premise of this question is mistaken. A person can marry someone who is not their zivug. The Gemara in Moed Katan (18b) that was cited in the question states in the name of Shmuel: ...
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Is it possible to use free will to avoid getting married?

I think that logically, there are 3 possible solutions: - Hashem knows what we will all choose, so if you make that choice, no zivug/children are allocated to you (or if you prefer to look at it a ...
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The Lubavitcher Rebbe and the name Nimrod

According to the Israeli Chabad website, the person in question is R' Nimrod Chefetz who recounted this story during an interview at Chabad Online. His account is brought here.
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Possible causes of divine judgement of losing one's memory, measure for measure?

I don't like assuming everything is a straight punishment, but there's a slightly different lesson the Ramban notes in the ethical letter to his son: don't get conceited about how smart you are, as ...
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Possible causes of divine judgement of losing one's memory, measure for measure?

Shabbat 147b features one version of a certain story about Rabbi Elazar ben Arakh. In this version, he forgets all of the Torah he learned because he was drawn to places with quality wine (Perugaita) ...
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Possible causes of divine judgement of losing one's memory, measure for measure?

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov brings down in his Sefer Hamiddos: עַל־יְדֵי נִאוּף מְאַבֵּד אֶת הַזִּכָּרוֹן - Immoral behavior causes one to lose his memory. UPDATE In addition to just general memory ...
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Possible causes of divine judgement of losing one's memory, measure for measure?

I can think of two blemishes that can cause this: (1) Anger. Pesachim 66b instructs that a sage who becomes angry loses his wisdom. (2) Not fearing Hashem or not doing enough good deeds. ‘Rabbi Hanina ...
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The Shaliach tzibbur reciting "Hamelech" on Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur from his seat

As quoted in this article there are a number of reasons given (although they all seem rather recent, maybe there’s earlier sources as well); Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that on the Yomim ...
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Sources identification of the Steipler Gaon

The first source in the Karyana D'Igarta 1:21 can be found here: תלמידים צעירים טועים הרבה בדמיונם, בחשבם שאינם מצליחים ואינם עולים, כי ההצלחה לעלי' האמיתית אינה ניכרת לעין התלמיד, כל דף גמרא שלומד ...
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Sources identification of the Steipler Gaon

They are both on Otzar HaChochma: Chayei Olam vols 1 & 2 combined https://tablet.otzar.org/#/b/28025/p/1/t/1663861980330/fs/0/start/0/end/0/c Karyana D'Igarta older edition vol 1 - https://...
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I've heard that there's a GR"A that says there is no need for hishtadlus for shidduchim. Has anyone come across this?

יהל אור: פרשת פקודי היכל ו, דף ל"ג טור ב H/T @Shmuel and @Chatzkel who cited the analysis in שמחה לאי''ש which brings down the source.
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Where is this Yereim?

I checked the Siddur Otzar Hatefillos (page 231) on my shelf, which, instead of ספר יראים, reads ספרי יראים (with an extra yud). The latter can be translated as "the works of the [G-d-]fearing,&...

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